Health Minister Michael McGimpsey vowed today that carers will not be overlooked and their importance to society will be reflected in his priorities.

Speaking after an Assembly debate on carers, he said that he would continue to review services which were in place to ensure that people had access to timely and responsive help and support.

He said: “I share the view of Assembly members that not enough is currently being done to ensure that carers are aware of their statutory rights. In Northern Ireland there are currently around 185,000 carers, many looking after a frail, ill or disabled child or elderly relative without payment and little respite.

“All carers are individuals with their own needs, caring for people with a huge range of requirements and abilities in what can be very complex and emotionally charged relationships. This not a one solution fits all – carers deserve real choices based on their individual circumstances.

“I want to ensure that the contribution of carers is fully recognised. They are the unsung heroes and without their input the vulnerable people in our society who want to live independent lives will suffer.”

Turning to what is being done for carers, the Minister said a strategy was published in 2006 which had already produced many positive developments.

“As part of the strategy, recurrent funding of £400,000 was allocated and is being used by health and social care bodies to develop innovative and responsive support services. Carers not only need long-term respite care but should have the opportunity to go the shops on a Saturday or take part in a hobby or activity.”

Further work to support carers includes new legislation in March 2003 which gave carers for the first time a statutory right to an assessment of their own needs.

The Minister said: “I believe we can still do more to raise the profile of carers’ assessments and in doing so provide a route for carers to access the support they need. My Department has carried out an inspection of social care support services for carers of older people.

“The findings of this report will be published shortly but is likely to make further recommendations about the consistency of carers’ assessments and services across Northern Ireland.”


Strule Arts Centre will welcome an action art exchange of Romanian and N. Ireland artists for a three-day residency from Thursday 28th to Saturday 30 th June, full of exciting talks, workshops and performances.

All of the events, organised by ARÉS, are free to attend and the events on offer will involve a diversity of approaches to performance. The artists will explore poetry, action art, sound, linguistics, time-based and body art.

The ARES residency was established by ÜTO Gusztáv, who hosted the event annually at the ETNA Foundation in the town of Saint George, located in the Transylvania region of Romania. This year ÜTO Gusztáv has collaborated with Belfast-based performance artist Sinéad O’Donnell to host ARÉS in Northern Ireland.

The project aims to develop performance art, action art and alternative art for artists based in Romania and Northern Ireland.

During the residency, the artists will be performing and ‘making art’ both in Strule Arts Centre and around Omagh Town Centre. So if you see artists at work, stop, look and join in the workshops, all of which are free.

For further details, or to book your free place at the series of workshops, talks and performances taking place Thursday 28th to Saturday 30th June, contact Strule Box Office 028 8224 7831.


Nemere Kerezsi
Born in 1979, KEREZSI is one of Romania’s leading emerging artists. Receiving a scholarship in 2006 from ‘OKM’ his work has also been invited by the ‘Academy of Fine Arts’, Maastricht (2003), and he has been supported by the ‘Ferencváros Municipal Council (2004). KEREZSI’s art works are a combination of performance, photography and conceptual art; he is currently an assistant lecturer at the University of Arts in Budapest – Hungary.

Levente Kosma
Born in 1978, Tîrgu Secuiesc / Kézdivásárhely. KOZMA is one of Romania’s leading young art curators. As an emerging artist and organizer he is considered one of the foremost Romanian practitioners promoting and supporting manifestations in contemporary art and culture. Graduating from the Institute of Fine Art, Timisoara / Temesvár, he received a scholarship to attend the Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts, Budapest – 2001. He is the founder and director of ‘Simultan Organization’ an experimental video / sound Festival based in Timisoara / Temesvár. He has participated in a variety of projects that have involved publications and co-organizing exhibitions ‘Night Shots Series’, ‘StudentFest’ and ‘The Last Minute’ in Timisoara / Temesvár

Ileana Pintilie Teleaga
is one of Romania’s most successfully established art educators. She is a curator of action arts events and writer of Eastern European performance art history. Her publications and organizational activities in the arts in Romania have challenged how we think about the position of Romania in the world of art to day. Her incredible style of critic has highlighted the promotion of the value of published and archival documents, including ‘Action art during the communist regime’ and the Triennial ‘Zona’ Performance Art Festival. PINTILIE is an associate Professor of the Faculty of Arts, West University, Timisoara / Temesvár. In 2003, she completed her PhD in Visual Arts at the National University of Arts, Bucharest. She is the main curator of the Art Department and Museum of Timisoara / Temesvár, Visiting Professor to the Kunsthogskolen, Bergen, Norway, and a member of the IKT International Association of Contemporary Art Curators and currently a co-editor of ArtMargins, Los Angeles Based Art Magazine.

Krisztina Szabó
Born in 1977, Tîrgu Secuiesc / Kézdivásárhely, SZABÓ graduated in 2002 from the ‘Ioan Andreescu’ Visual Arts University, Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvár. Her works are descriptive of her gender and position in the world to day. She is the founder of a weekly art house – film screening in Tîrgu Secuiesc / Kézdivásárhely and the instigator of local artist in the community projects.

Attila Toró
Born in 1969, Baraolt / Barót, TORÓ has been an active artist for almost 20 years. His works includes live performance, installation, video, photography, and digital new media. His work composes an aesthetic that tests his own physical limitations with a moving sensitivity and awareness that communicates creative dialogue between artist and audience. TORO’s contribution to the arts at home and abroad demonstrates a commitment to the future development of cultural integration and interdisciplinary approach to art. He has presented his works in cultural contexts in Romania, Hungary, Poland and Canada. He founded in Sfîntu Gheorghe / Sepsiszentgyörgy the ‘képVIDÉK’ Photo Art Group which amplified the need for artist opportunities and resources in rural areas in Romania. He is also the owner of the ‘Digital Art Studio’ since 1998.

Gusztáv Üto
Lives and works in Sfîntu Gheorghe / Sepsiszentgyörgy. He is one of Eastern Europe’s leading performance art figures. ÜTO works as an artist, archivist, educator and organizer. During the 1990′s he organized the largest out-door performance art festival ‘AnnART’ held at the extinct volcanic lake ‘ Saint Ann ‘. He founded currently runs ETNA Foundation in 1995 housing one of the world’s most insightful Performance Art Archives. ÜTO hosts ‘Eruptio’ an annual Inter-regional Action Art Meeting and is the founder of ARES-Inter-regional Artist in Residence Program. He has presented action art works at world performance centers in Canada, Serbia, Northern Ireland, Germany, Mexico, Québec, Japan, Finland, Taiwan, USA, Poland, Hungary, Italy, Slovakia, England, Bielorussia, Lithuania, Switzerland and Romania. He was presented in March 2007 by the ‘Trace’ Gallery at the ‘CAT’ Show, Cardiff – Wales.

Kinga Üto
Born in 1978 in Sfîntu Gheorghe / Sepsiszentgyörgy, ÜTO Kinga is an emerging female artist studying an MA in textiles and fashion. She established her own local fashion enterprise in 2003. Since 2003 she participated in the ETNA Foundation Visual Art teaching programmes. It was this experience that influenced her work to take a new direction, incorporating her knowledge of design, fabric and traditional craft with the act of visual arts, performances or action arts to demonstrate her position or origins of identity as a post-modern Transylvanian woman.

Domokos Vánca
Born in 1978 Sfîntu Gheorghe / Sepsiszentgyörgy. VÁNCSA graduated with a degree in design. His art works incorporate sound, video, installation and performance. He has exhibited / performed in various contexts, including ‘AnnART’, ‘DesignMai’, Berlin – International Design Festival, ‘Art’s Birthday’ and ‘EXSITE’, Belfast, Northern Ireland.

Barnabás Vetró
Born in Cluj-Napoca / Kolozsvár, Romania, VETRÓ has made inter-disciplinary art works that have been exhibited at national and international events in Romania, Hungary, Canada and Poland. His approaches to art practice methodologies are meditative, symbolic and minimalist that explores the body as a vessel of sensation, experience and knowledge. VETRÓ is an emerging young artist that continuously seeks to build collaborative cultural exchanges some of which have occurred through the crated events in Romania – ‘udvARTér3′, ‘Night Shots Series’ and ‘Next’. His work identifies and intersects new avenues in art, history and its influence in contemporary life in Romania.


Sinead O’Donnell
O’Donnell works in art organizing, visual performance and time-based art, incorporating drawing, photography, text and collage as a means of research. These methods also act a tool that can document and describe an artwork that has happened in a different cultural context or that has gone through many levels of decision-making. Most recently she has made work with ‘Le Lieu Centre en Art Actuel’, Quebec -’Bbeyond’ Exchanging Places, Belfast – 18th Street Gallery with PowderKeg Contemporary Performance Group, Los Angles, America and SOS Festival, Argentina. Her practice investigates the relationships between material identity and action. She also works collaboratively with Hugh O’Donnell. Sinead O’Donnell – CAT show – Cardiff – Photo – Tim Freeman – 07.

Justin McKeown
McKeown’s primary concern is the relationship between art and politics. He is the founder of the SPART Action group. He is currently completing his PhD at the University of Ulster and is an associate lecturer at Dartington College of Arts. Recent exhibitions and presentations include: Cardiff Art in Time 2007, Rencounter Internationale D’Art Performance de Quebec 2006 (Canada), Currency Festival 2006 New York (USA), Alytus Biennial of experimental Art 2006 (Lithuania), Toronto Free Gallery (Canada), Desire in Ruins Neoismus Festival 2006 Berlin (Germany), Urban Festival Zagreb (Croatia) and a Solo show in the Ludwig Museum Budapest (Hungary). For more information please visit:

Hugh O’Donnell
O’Donnell has presented work at International events as well as contributing to the arts locally in N. Ireland. His actions boldly deal with gender and sexuality, interpreted by sound, gold high heels, Dusty Springfield, running around in circles, and blowing his trusty football match whistle. O’Donnell’s work is represented this year at I.M.A.F, Serbia and Bone, Switzerland.

Brian Patterson
Patterson’s work processes combines making performance and art organising. His most recent work has been represented at ‘Interakaje’ in Piotrykow Trybunalski, Poland. He is currently a co-founder and director of Bbeyond, Performance Art Organisation, N. Ireland.

Aideen Barry
Barry’s current work deals with the notion of the ‘Uncanny’, and a preoccupation with the theme of distortion. Previous works have dealt with the themes of the inability to convey emotion, the extension of the form, restriction of movement and containment of space. She is the current west of Ireland representative for ‘ The Visual Arts Ireland ‘and a co-director of the ‘G126′ space located in Galway, Ireland.

Elina Hartzell
Hartzell has presented live work at Le Lieu – Quebec, Etna Foundation – Romania, Catalyst Arts – Belfast. Her work involves multimedia approaches to performance and the body. She is currently a committee member of Bbeyond, Performance Art Organization, N. Ireland. She co-organizes a local monthly action meeting ‘EX-SITE’, with Sinead O’Donnell. Elina Hartzell – Museum of Revolution – Timisoara – Romania – Image – Sinead O’Donnell – 06.

Sinead Bhreathnach Cashell

Bhreathnach – Cashell is a recent graduate of University of Ulster. Her work is site – specific in social meeting places. She recently presented work at the ‘CAT’ Show, Cardiff, Wales.

Alastair MacLennan
MacLennan is Belfast based; he is a co-founder of Belfast art & research exchange and Bbeyond, Performance Art Organization, N. Ireland. He is N.Ireland’s leading performance artist, currently a professor of fine art at the University of Ulster, Belfast. His work has been included in national and international events and groups including the Venice Biennale and BlackMarket International. His art deals with political, social and cultural issues.


Surfs up

Photo- Denny Irish Surf Team
Front Row- L to R Easkey Britton, Jamie Byrne, John Mc Carthy, Ashleigh Smith, Fergal Smith, Stephen Kilfeather, Shauna Ward
Back Row- L to R Bryan Mc Auley, Stevie Burns, Hugh Galloway, Andrew Mennie, John Mc Curry, Colin O’Hare, Pascal Devine, Darragh Mc Carter.
Denny Irish Surf Team member, John Mc Carthy has taken a bronze medal in the senior division at the European Surfing Championships. Fifteen nations and over 250 surfers competed in the ten day competition that finished today in Anglet, France.

Current Irish Senior Surfing Champion, John Mc Carthy secured his bronze medal when he finished 3rd in a final against Paulo Rodriguees, Portugal, 1st, Mark Vaughan, Wales, 2nd and Scott Eastwood, Channel Islands, 4th.

Fergal Smith was the highest placed open surfer finishing 21st. Other good performances include 6th place for Stevie Burns in the Masters and 7th place for Ashleigh Smith in the Women’s Bodyboard.

The Denny Irish Surf Team finished 9th overall at the European Surf Championships. Portugal finished 1st, France 2nd, Spain 3rd and Wales 4th.

Denny Irish Surf Team 2007 Results
Fergal Smith, Westport- 21st
Colin O’Hare, Strandhill – 41st
Stephen Kilfeather, Standhill- 49th
Jamie Byrne, Tramore- 49th
Andrew Mennie, Portrush- 61st
Hugh Galloway, Tramore- 61st

Easkey Britton, Rossnowlagh- 11th
Shauna Ward, Bundoran- 21st

Bryan Mc Auley, Ballybogey- 11th
Darragh Mc Carter, Bundoran 15th

John Mc Curry, Ballymena-17th
Jamie Byrne, Tramore- 21st

Womens Bodyboard
Ashleigh Smith, Sligo- 7th

John Mc Carthy, Lahinch- 3rd

Stevie Burns- Portrush- 6th

Shane Meehan, Sligo
Daniel Gow, Portrush
Howard Robinson, Portrush

Pascal Devnie, Newtownstewart
Marcus Dias, Bundoran

Stevie Burns, Portrush


Young surfers (groms) from all around Ireland travelled to Strandhill at the weekend for the Irish leg of the Quiksilver King of the Groms. Although there had been no waves for several weeks Strandhill produced just enough surf on Saturday morning to kick off the competition. The Quiksilver King of the Groms is a worldwide series to encourage young surfers that culminates annually in a world final in France bringing together the hottest young surfers from all over the World.

In 1-2ft onshore surf the event got going with the U16 Boys. Local surfer, Aaron Reid and Lahinch surfer, Damien Conway were the standouts from the 1st round. Both surfers continued their good form to progress to the final. Ballyshannon surfers Brian Patton and Eoghan Shanley were not so lucky in the 1st round as both were eliminated by Enniscone surfers, Barry Tuffy and Dominic Barrett. However the Ballyshannon boy got a second opportunity to progress in the repecharge round and from here they made no mistakes to progress all the way to the final to meet up with Reid and Conway. Local knowledge was certainly a factor in the final. Reid selected a spot were he new he would pick up the better quality waves, he waited patiently as the other competitors paddled from peak to peak eventually snagging himself the two highest scoring waves of the final to capture the title of King of the Groms. Damien Conway finished second, Eoghan Shanley 3rd and Brian Patton 4th.

The U16 Girls attracted a good enter and eventually ended in a final between last year’s winner Amy May Garvey, Castlederg, Copper Pigot, Enniskerry, Joyce Dunne, Sligo and Tahlia Britton, Rossnowlagh. Once again Amy May was on form taking the title for the second year with Tahlia Britton close behind in 2nd place, newcomer Joyce Dunne finished 3rd and Wicklow girl, Copper Pigot in 4th. Nine year old Ayesha Garvey (Amy May’s younger sister) reached the semi-final and received a special award for her fine performance.

In the U14s it was another title for the Garvey family with James Garvey the clear winner. He was followed Bundoran surfers, Iarom Madden in 2nd and Conor Maguire 3rd, with Eoin O’Malley Daly, Rossnowlagh 4th , these three young Donegal surfers have been making finals all year and are certainly looking promising for the future.

U16 Boys

1. Aaron Reid, Sligo
2. Damien Conway, Lahinch
3. Eoghan Shanley, Ballyshannon
4. Brian Patton, Ballyshannon

U16 Girls

1. Amy May Gavery, Castlederg
2. Tahlia Britton, Rossnowlagh
3. Joyce Dunne, Sligo
4. Copper Pigot, Enniskerry

U14 Boys

1. James Garvey, Castlederg
2. Iarom Madden, Bundoran
3. Conor Maguire, Bundoran
4. Eoin O’Malley Daly, Ballyshannon

· “500+ Players arrive in Singapore for the Guinness Asian Gaelic Games”
· Friday 22 Jun 2007 saw the opening of the 12th annual Asian Gaelic Games with a gala event at the Asian Civilisations Museum, one of Singapore’s most famous buildings.

· Former Tánaiste & Kerry footballer Dick Spring joined a number of Irish Ambassadors from across the region at the event to offer his personal congratulations to the 500+ participants who had arrived into Singapore throughout the week to take part in what will be the biggest Asian Gaelic Games to date.

· The Vice-Chairman of the Leinster Council, Sheamus Howlin delivered a personal message from the President of the Gaelic Athletic Association, Nickey Brennan, who had planned to travel out for the games but was unable to do so due to meetings at Croke Park on Saturday. Brennan highlighted the growth of GAA games in Asia – “When visiting Dubai in January with the All Stars, we had the opportunity to meet with many of the people involved in the GAA in Asia and the progress that is being made is truly astounding. With the Asian County Board now fully affiliated since the GAA’s Annual Congress in 2007, these are exciting times for our Games in the East. The sense of identity and community on which our games are based appeals greatly to all who get involved in their promotion – be they of Irish descent or not – and I am sure there is still significant potential for continued growth of the GAA around the world”.

· In particular, he paid tribute to the extraordinary work of dedicated GAA members saying “The dedication of so many to the promotion, development and enjoyment of our Gaelic games is truly astounding and is one of the main reasons why Gaelic Football and Hurling will always have a future both at home and abroad. This weekend is another fine example of the manner in which the GAA continues to flourish overseas due to the hard work of our clubs and their members abroad and I want to say a special “Thank You” to everyone involved in the Singapore Lions Club and the various Irish groups in Singapore who worked together to make this a reality.

· There will be 4 adult mens & womens competitions of 7-a-side gaelic football with Hong Kong & Dubai defending their Asian crowns while the battle to be named the first Asian Hurling Champions is expected to feature hosts Singapore, Dubai, Korea & Shenzen from China. In addition there will be gaelic football matches between the Gaelic Cubs (boys & girls aged 4-14) & the local Australian rules team.

· The event is being hosted by the Singapore Gaelic Lions Club, under the auspices of the Asian County Board. For more information please refer to, or contact Singapore Gaelic Lions club members, Siobhán Carmody – – mobile: +65 81888504 or Peter Ryan – – mobile +65 97596321.

90% of people in Northern Ireland are happy with their lives, new research reveals
- 61% believe that the future will get even brighter over the next 5 years

One thousand people across Northern Ireland have taken part in a major piece of research by BT aimed at discovering what social and cultural values impact most on people aged between 18 and 74 years.

The research reveals a big difference in what the people of Northern Ireland value in their lives, with variations from county to county, and between the sexes.

What about Co. Fermanagh and Tyrone? More people in these counties rely on their mobile than any part of Northern Ireland, with more than one in three (37%) saying that they would miss their mobile more than any other appliance.

Social values are also particularly prevalent, with 58% of people admitting that their weight is an important factor in influencing their current state of happiness or unhappiness. And more than half (51 per cent) of people in these counties said that they would not date someone who smokes. Co. Fermanagh also polled the lowest results of people who were willing to consider cosmetic surgery with only one in ten stating that they would consider having a procedure.

Overall 90% of people in Northern Ireland are happy with their lives in general, with 61% believing that their quality of life has improved over the past 5 years, and the same percentage feeling it will continue to get even better in the future.

The research also found the following statistics:

· One in five think drinking is essential for an enjoyable evening but men are much more likely to agree with this than women (28% compared to 15%)

· A quarter of households, with no children, have a games console (25%)

· Single people are much more likely to use online gaming

· Over half the population would not date someone who smokes

· Only 13% of 18-24s would not consider living with someone before marriage

· Females are more attached to their mobile phones with 35% of females stating that they would miss them more than their TV compared to 24% men

· While for 61% of people life has got better over the last five years, this is very strongly correlated with age. Life for 77% of 18-24 year olds has improved while it has only got better for 40% of 55-74 year olds.

Commenting on the report, Peter Morris, Head of Consumer, BT said “Our company has changed dramatically over the past number of years – not so long ago we were the ‘telephone company’ – but our business and peoples lives have all evolved. As an integral part of our society we wanted to explore how values have changed given the extraordinary period of change of the last few years and to encourage debate on key issues affecting people’s lives in Northern Ireland.

“The research gives us a great snapshot of what people in Northern Ireland value,” said Peter Morris. “Reassuringly for BT, people value contemporary methods of communication with 70% of those surveyed using the internet and 60% having broadband at home. What has been very interesting is how people differ in their values from one county to the next and of course there are big differences between the sexes. Overall the key driver for people’s happiness is keeping in touch with family and friends (89%), but there are those who see the success of their football team as integral to their happiness with 16% stating this as the most important driver of happiness!”

Key regional findings:

* 20% of people in Co. Down would consider cosmetic surgery (14% overall)
* Humour in a person is valued more by those in Co. Armagh (55% v. 46% overall)
* 58% of people in Cos. Tyrone/Fermanagh state their weight is important in influencing their current state of happiness/unhappiness (49% overall)
* 36% of people in County Derry/Londonderry stated career/job as one of the three things they value most, compared to 24% overall.
* People in Greater Belfast value integrity in a person more than others (53% compared to 41% overall), but fewer people in Co. Armagh do (29%).

As part of the research a web address has been launch so anyone who would like to join the value debate can go on-line and express their view at .

A member of GAA’s Ulster Council has been beaten with hammers and had his car hijacked in a robbery.

The man was leaving Casement Park in Belfast following championship games.

Money was stolen from the car he was in was attacked by the gang between the M1 and Ballygawley in County Tyrone.

A fellow member of the council, has said he has been “savagely beaten”.
However, his injuries are not thought to be life-threatening.
The council said it had reported the incident to the PSNI who are investigating the incident.

Are you adventurous, fun and up for a challenge?

BBC Three is looking for teenagers who consider themselves overweight to embark on the adventure of a lifetime living with a tribe in a remote area of the world.

Last year BBC Three’s Fat Men Can’t Hunt saw eight adults head out to the Kalahari Desert to live with a bushman tribe. Learning to hunt and gather for themselves the eight adventurers had the opportunity to prove that size really doesn’t matter. This year it will be teenagers that will get the chance to show what they are made of with a new tribe in another exciting location.

This is an amazing opportunity for 16 – 19 year olds to have an experience they will never forget.

For one month ten teenagers will live amongst a native group of people in a remote wilderness area, where they will learn to live life as it used to be. The teens will be taught to Hunt and gather, eating only a natural and unprocessed diet.

Top British nutritionist Alice Sykes will lead the teenagers through the experiment teaching them about nutrition and helping the group to change their food habits so that they can live a healthier and more active lifestyle permanently.

If you are 16 to 19 years old and fancy putting your outward-bound skills to the test while losing a bit of weight in the process then this could be the project you’re looking for.

Tribal mentors will teach the group a wealth of survival skills. This is an opportunity like never before.

If you feel bored, in a rut and desperate for a change of lifestyle this is the show for you!

Call 0870 871 0784


Make sure you leave your name, age, contact telephone number and a quick reason for wanting to lose weight.

Deadline 30th June 2007

New award aims to reward local food heroes

The Nursery Food Awards 2007 are being launched this month to champion those nurseries that are providing healthy, fresh, local and organic foods for young children.

The awards are being run by Organix, in partnership with the Soil Association, and supported by Hobart and Nursery World.

Over a million children in the UK attend nurseries, aged between three months and five years. What they eat affects their long-term health as well as their daily wellbeing.

Nursery staff, parents and the general public are being asked to nominate those nurseries that provide fresh, healthy and enjoyable food. Extra marks will be given to those that source local and organic foods and work to nutritional guidelines, as well as incorporating learning about food and health into the nursery day.

Jeanette Orrey, the Soil Association’s school meals policy advisor; Liz Roberts, editor of Nursery World magazine, and nutritionist Annie Seeley, together with Organix founder Lizzie Vann, will form the judging panel.

The best nursery will win £1000 of Hobart kitchen equipment, and two runners-up will each receive £500 of Hobart equipment. The top 50 nurseries will each receive an organic goodie box.

In addition, the Organix Nursery Cookbook Award is to be awarded to the best cookbook or recipes submitted by a nursery. The winner’s cookbook or recipes will be transformed into a practical and stylish website and also published in book format.

The application form is available at and the closing date is September 7. The judges will visit short-listed nurseries in October, and the winning nurseries will be announced in November.

Lizzie Vann, founder of Organix, said: “Nurseries have been overlooked in the radical review of school meals that has taken place since 2005. We are launching these awards to showcase best practice and inspire other nurseries to look at the health of the children in their care, especially as it relates to the food they eat whilst at nursery.”

Peter Melchett, Policy Director at the Soil Association, said: “We are delighted to be launching the Nursery Food Awards with Organix and Nursery World.

“Nurseries can play a vital role in helping parents familiarise young children with fresh, healthy food and where good food comes from. Too many of today’s children are growing up thinking that food is something plastic-wrapped that comes from a supermarket.

“Children’s food should be fresh, seasonal, local and organic, and they should have the opportunity to visit farms to understand the journey of food from field to fork and what this means for their health and the environment.”

Annie Seeley, nutritionist and awards judge, said: “A child’s early years are crucial in setting good eating habits for life. The Nursery Awards are a great opportunity to recognise and reward nurseries promoting healthy eating by providing nutritious, well balanced meals and snacks.”

For a paper application form or more information or pics please contact / or ring Joanna on 01202 409511.

Notes for Editors

1. Organix is a 15 year old pioneering children’s food company making organic foods for babies and young children. The company is based in Christchurch, Dorset. Company founder Lizzie Vann was one of the team that initiated the pioneering Food for Life School Meals programme for primary schools.

2. The Soil Association is the UK’s leading environmental charity promoting sustainable, organic farming and championing human health, and its organic symbol is the UK’s largest and most recognisable trademark for organic produce

3. Hobart UK is market leader in the manufacture and supply of catering equipment. For more information go to

4. Nursery World is the leading magazine for early years and childcare practitioners. For more information go to

5. The awards follow on from the groundbreaking Soil Association School Food Awards, which were run in partnership with Organix in 2005 and 2006.

6. The judges will be looking to recognise those nursery workers and food suppliers who are working toward sourcing local and organic ingredients as recommended by the Soil Association Food for Life targets. These targets are part of the £16.9 million Big Lottery-funded Food for Life Partnership, led by the Soil Association, together with The Focus on Food Campaign, Garden Organic and the Health Education Trust. This project sees them working with schools and, communities across England to improve food provision and food education for children, their parents and the wider community. For more information about the Food for Life Partnership go to

The Red Cross shop at Scarffes Entry in Omagh town centre has been forced to close temporarily for repair following last week’s flash floods.

A complete refit is needed after floodwater left the premises badly damaged and ruined most of the stock. The shop will be closed until further notice.

Lynda Hamilton, Shop Manager in Omagh, is organising the repair work. She says;
“We have a lot of water damage to deal with and we will probably be closed for a few months. I can only apologise for any inconvenience and ask our many customers to bear with us during this time.

“Once the refit is finished we will need to completely restock and will be appealing to all our supporters at that time for help to get us back up and running. “
In the meantime Red Cross customers can shop at, and take their stock donations to, the Red Cross shop in Irvinestown.

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